An unknown armed group in Iraq fired, on Thursday night, mortar shells and rounds of live ammunition at a Palestinian neighbourhood of Al Baladiya
an area in Baghdad, killing four Palestinian refugees and
injuring at least eight others.
The shelled area is the biggest complex of Palestinian refugees in the Iraqi capital. At least seven mortar shells were fired at it. Dozens of families were displaced.
The casualties were moved to Al Quds Mosque in the area since vehicles and ambulances were not able to enter after being turned away by an armed militia.
The Palestinian Information Center reported that armed militias gathered near the hospitals threatening to kill and Palestinian refugee who tried to reach them.
ow we have been informed that a mortar attack last night in Baghdad's Palestinian neighbourhood of Al Baladiya left four Palestinians dead, a dozen wounded and many people displaced. Some of the wounded are in serious condition. Ambulances trying to reach the area right after the attack were reportedly turned away by armed militia.
There have been previous warnings by militia that Palestinians should leave the neighbourhood. The Al Baladiya area used to house some 8,000 Palestinians. Reports by Palestinian sources now say that there are about 4,000 remaining there.
Some of the wounded are in serious condition. Ambulances trying to reach the area right after the attack were reportedly turned away by armed militia.
The Al Baladiya area used to house some 8,000 Palestinians refuges living in Iraq. Reports by Palestinian sources now say that there are about 4,000 remaining there.
There had been several warning by armed group that all Palestinians should leave the neighbourhood which used to house some 8000 refugees, now there are about 4000 left.
Palestinian media sources reported that the Palestinian refugees in Iraq were attacked at least 655 times, and 164 refugees were killed, these numbers do not include the recent attacks.
Palestinian refugees in Iraq are facing very difficult living conditions, and subjected to repeated attacks by unknown armed groups that demanded them to leave Iraq or face death. Most of the attacks were carried in Al Huriyya, Al Toubajy, Al Za'faraniyya. Baghdad, New Baghdad, Al Ameen and Al Ghaziliyya.